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Irving Park Road & Canadian Pacific Grade Separation

Topline Community Benefits

More reliable freight rail service through speed improvements.and upgraded infrastructure.

Improved user experience and roadway conditions of the local area.

Increased freight and passenger rail throughput.

Project Funding Needs

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Fully funded and complete

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Project Area

North Limit Gateway Rd.
South Limit W Roosevelt Ave.
East Limit O'Hare International Airport
West Limit N York Rd.

Project Overview & Impact

This completed grade separation of IL Route 19 (Irving Park Road) at the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPRR) improves the experience for the 32,600 vehicles and 31 Pace buses that pass through the crossing daily. Separation of the roadway from the rail line reduces roadway congestion and improves safety at this location on Irving Park Road (IL-19) – a primary arterial road. This grade separation is located at the southwestern edge of O’Hare Airport.

This separation also significantly improves railroad operations by enabling the CPRR to run trains unimpeded at all times. Currently the CPRR averages 25 trains per day. During peak weekday Metra commuter service CPRR does not run trains across IL Route 19.

The most significant component of the improvement included lowering Irving Park Road and raising the Canadian Pacific Railroad Bridge to provide an improved vertical clearance. The structure is a 131 foot single span bridge with closed abutments.

For more information, visit https://www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/il19-at-york-rd.


Project Benefits

The Irving Park Road & Canadian Pacific Railroad Grade Separation delivers substantial time saving, safety improvements, and mobility gains for the local community and freight rail operators.  The grade crosing separation fosters higher quality roadway conditions and improved experience.

Nearby Chicago, IL Community Areas: Bensenville

Increased goods movement and bus transit frequency is delivered through the project, enabling greater economic development.

Reduction in automobile and locomotive idling.

Freight rail improvements benefit the whole rail system.

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Project Status

Phase I Completed
Phase II Completed
Phase III Completed

Project Status Definitions:
– Phase I: Environmental & Preliminary Engineering
– Phase II: Final Design (Plans, Specifications & Estimates)
– Phase III: Construction

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